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Champions League football fuels SFR Sport in France

Telco Altice Europe has registered a significant rise in subscribers for pay-television broadcaster SFR Sport and its wider operations in France, numbers aided by premium football content.

Altice has reported on its strongest quarter in France since 2005, with the release of its financial results for the third quarter of 2018.

SFR Sport currently holds rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League, as well as the English Premier League, and Altice Europe said it ended Q3 with 2.457 million fibre/cable unique customers in France, representing a net addition of 71,000.

Altice has reported on “exceptional” customer acquisition, with more than one million customers won back year-to-date 2018. This is equivalent to the number of customers lost over the last three years since the acquisition of SFR.

B2C fixed base grew for the third quarter in a row with over 166,000 net additions. B2C mobile postpaid base grew by over 378,000 net additions, which Altice said was supported by the positive impact of premium content such as the Champions League.

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